The Wayfarer Diaries: Sangla at First Light

0758 hours, 12-07-2018, Kamru, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India:

On reaching Kamru one and a half hours back, I could see the snow on the nearby mountains glowing in the dark. Knowing that the sun would be out soon, I stood out in the balcony for sometime to catch the view I had come here for – the snow clad mountains of Sangla valley.

Although my feet had started to nearly freeze standing bare foot on the floor, with the cold winds also catching up speed, the view just wouldn’t let me go as the entire valley gradually lit up with the sun rays, being slightly obscured by the clouds. It’s great to see all the mountains around the valley covered in snow. There is still snow accumulated right from the top of the mountain to the river below on the left bank of the Baspa river or ‘Azad Kashmir’ (name given by the locals to the area). On the right bank (Sangla and Kamru), most of the snow has melted away though the peaks of the Kinner Kailash range are covered with snow.

After some time, the relentless cold winds blowing down the valley became unbearable and I had to come inside the room. As I sit in my bed gazing at the mountains through the window, I don’t feel tired from my journey at all. On the contrary, I’m keen on heading out at the earliest.

WM Sangla At First Light 01

View of the back side of the Kinner Kailash range from Kamru, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, India; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

WM Sangla At First Light 02

Sangla seen from Kamru during early morning hours; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal



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